Tilly Willy Bridge

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The bridge was demolished in 2010 or 2011; the map shows the location of theh former bridge. It is said that a woman in the 1970s drove off the bridge, killing herself and her children. Her phantom car was seen driving across the bridge, and her apparition has been spotted in a white dress, twirling in a nearby field. Other reports say a green goblin creature also appears nearby.

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Wilson Hollow Rd
Fayetteville, AR
United States

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36.01484243621601, -94.14238205554284
Washington County, Arkansas
Nearest Towns:
Greenland, AR (2.3 mi.)
Fayetteville, AR (3.4 mi.)
Black Oak, AR (4.1 mi.)
Farmington, AR (6.1 mi.)
West Fork, AR (6.8 mi.)
Elkins, AR (7.6 mi.)
Johnson, AR (8.3 mi.)
Prairie Grove, AR (10.2 mi.)
Goshen, AR (10.3 mi.)
Springdale, AR (11.9 mi.)

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  1. I took my friend out there tonight and after about five minutes, the windows started fogging up and after a bit it looked like handprints on the windshield that looked like a hand was dragged across it. A smaller handprint appeared higher up that looked like a baby’s hand print. It was quite an experience.

  2. I went on Halloween night 2014 and when my family and I drove across the bridge, we heard the mother and her child scream. We also took several pictures outside and saw several orbes in the pictures and saw ghost shapes in which one was in the shape of a baby. Pretty creepy but it was a cool experience!

  3. 5 years ago, I went with an SUV full of friends. We stopped on the bridge and put it in neutral. Looking down at the water from the creek makes you feel like you’re moving. So I was skeptical about other peoples stories of being “pushed” by the spirits. But after just a few minutes of silence we were all jerked back as if the car was being pulled forward really fast. We screamed and drove off quickly. When we pulled over at the gas station there were handprints along the bumper. Super creepy. I’m sad they demolished it. It is a beautiful place with a spiritual presence for sure.

  4. me and my Elena Allen were in the back of my 84 convertible having a good time and we’re suddenly pulled away from each other and she was tossed out of the car but then seconds later she was thrown back into the car and we drove off. Love that creek why did they demolish that bridge. good experience

  5. There never was an “accident” involving a woman and her children at “Tilly Willy. The story says it happened back in the 70″s. Don’t you think that there would be some mention of it in the local paper, “Northwest Arkansas Times”? There is none. Also the Brook’s family lived within a quarter mile of the bridge and there son was a State Trooper/County Sheriff back during that time of the supposed accident, again never heard of it. My parents lived out on the road and for many tears we used to swim and fish at that location and once again never saw or heard anything that you shouldn’t have heard by the river in the woods. This is an old wives tale/urban myth. Never happened. You can go on line and check the paper about any accidents that supposedly took place there and you will find no record of it.

  6. Ok, me and my friends were joking around and decided to go to the bridge yesterday .(Halloween 2015) At first nothing happened, then our car died. My driving tried to restart it and it didn’t work. I was in shotgun and I looked out the door window and a dark silhouette was standing in the distance. I looked back at my friends and they were no where to be found. I looked back at the window and a woman was peering in. “Go home!!!!!!” She screamed.
    I woke up in my bed, groggy and with a distorted perception. Unsure if the experience was a dream I snuck out and drove to Tilly Willy bridge. I found my friends truck. I walked up to it. Looking in, I saw my friends, I saw myself. At that moment I knew what to do. I screamed “Go home!!!”

      • According to the information above, this event happened in the 70’s. Go to this link and it states that it happened in the 50’s:
        There are other stories state this happened in the late 40’s, early 40’s, mid 30’s and sometime in the 20’s just after the original bridge was built. Now, the common fact was that NONE of these “stories” have ever been backed by any evidence. That are no reports of anyone every driving off the bridge and drowning. The Brooks family has lived next to the bridge for over a 100 years, in fact the hill behind their home is called Brooks Mountain after the family name. Having been friends with members of the Brooks family for over 70 years, all have stated it is nothing more than a “folk tail” or in today’s terminology, an “urban legend”. Anyone who stated they saw this or that might of had a few too many, (tilly willy was known as a drinking spot and make-out location for many, many years.

  7. Just went to the new location of the bridge last night with some friends because we heard it was haunted but we didn’t read any stories about it before going except for we heard you are supposed to let your windows fog up and a handprint will appear. while driving up to the bridge our GPS threw our location out into the middle of the field but once we got over the bridge it put us back on the road. So we pulled back around and drove to the middle of the bridge and turned my truck off and sat, waiting for the mysterious handprint to come along. While waiting i thought i saw something run across the road a couple of times but i was sure i was delusional and i didn’t want to act crazy and make up some bullshit to my friends but i looked at my friend who was sitting shotgun next to me and he looked beyond scared. all of a sudden my friend in the back of the truck said, “Guys did you just see that…?” and my other friend pointed towards where i saw the creature running and said, “you mean the thing over there?” and thats when i got freaked out because we all saw it.. (i later found this website and read about the “goblin” and i assume it was that running back and forth in front of the bridge). but that isn’t the scary part; suddenly we hear a noise come from the back of the truck in the bed and we all turn around to see nothing, we look back to the front and my friend silently whispers, “Oh f**k”. he pulls out his phone and shines his light onto the front windshield to reveal a handprint upside down on the very top of the glass, as if someone was crawling down from the roof of my truck. The hand was so detailed, you could even see the creases in the palm of it and everything. Ive never started my truck and sped off so fast in my life while simultaneously screaming my ass off.

    • My friend and I are currently working on a documentary about this bridge and we would love to interview you about your experience. If you are interested please shoot us an email at samgrtaylor@gmail.com We would very much appreciate it.

  8. OK so this is true….this lady….this ghostly figure….she meant to drive off the bridge. She is not friendly in any sort of way whatsoever she will warn you ….if you do not heed her warning you’ll probably end up dead I implore all who read this steer clear of the bridge do not go out there at all . That green creature you see? It’s no mere “goblin”. It is a creature of hell meant to deliver the torment of hell dying over and over again to its victims

  9. Sometime between 1996 and 1998 I went there with several other people. I had never heard about the haunting, and we were drinking as teenagers do, and I started asking the people with me who the woman in the field was, what was she doing out there, etc., and our DD hustled us back into the car and took off super fast. I kept asking wtf was going on, but no one told me until the next day. So I guess I saw the ghost, and scared the hell out of my DD but didn’t realize it at the time.

  10. Hello this is my second comment and I come to you guys in a great time of need. It has been many days since I’ve slept and I’m convinced that the ghost of Tilly Willy bridge has followed me to my apartment. At night stray cats used to paw at my window, scratching it all night. Annoyed with the noise, i decided to fix the problem. One night I went outside and collected rocks to murk these cats. At around 11:25, several cats surrounded me. I stood there as slowly more cats came. I was too scared to toss a single stone. After about 40 minutes a crowd of about 30 cats stood around me in a semi circle. They stood there for several hours. I got a call at exactly 3 am and it was a blocked #. I answered it. “Hello…?” No response. I looked up and all the cats were gone. I haven’t slept. Please I NEED HELP

  11. Hello, it’s been years since I’ve last reached out. In an attempt to ride myself of these demons, I moved briefly to Dallas, Texas for a year then to my current home near Phoenix AZ.
    At first when I moved to Dallas everything was fine. Then the knocks started. One night after putting my 15 month old son to sleep, I heard a faint tap. Not a knock yet, but a light tap on the wall. It sounded like it was around waist high. Maybe a little higher? Then a couple weeks later, while I was getting ready for work in the morning, I heard the same tap, It got me, I have to investigate. I put my ear to the wall and I hear the tap a little clearer. It sounded like a pin or a tac poking a hardwood floor. But it started to sound sharper. As if the end was an ice pick, piercing the wall. As I back away from the wall I hear the tap from every direction. All walls, the ceiling and floor tapped at me. The tap started to intensify into a knock. A strong ringing knock. The sound drills into my skull. I ran out of the room. The sound stopped as soon as I broke the threshold of my bedroom door. That day I began my escape plan.
    I called my wife and gave her the safe word. I packed any valueables and began preparing for the night. Based on my research, I created a “Porta Vitae” which translates to “Life Door.” This is a setup that creates a passage way to the 2nd Level, the space between spaces if you will. My trap was set and I was ready. I used the wooden structure to stretch the fabric of time in my living room. The portal opened and I used the holy weapon I found in Chile while I was researching the phenomenon that was occurring. I slaughtered 50 or more of the Intergalactic demons who invaded my location. Eventually they were able to close the miniature rip in time that I created. I took our belongings and torched the house.
    Arizona treated me well, I thought the pain in my family’s life was over. I thought.
    I will no longer be harassed by these monsters. At the lords hour I will have my finally stand. If I do not return to tells stories of greatness and triumph, then my the hive have mercy on my tormented soul. Thank you for everything. God speed.

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